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Shaping the national debate post-Brexit
Many of us who had campaigned to remain woke up to a sense of deep and inexorable loss when it was announced the UK had voted to leave the European Union. Although the polls had indicated...

Assimilation and the immigration debate

Immigration has proven one of the hardest issues for Britain’s main parties to address, and UKIP has been the beneficiary. But, according to my YouGov/Birkbeck/Policy Exchange survey data, many UKIP voters will change their views on immigration if politicians can...

A leading light

There are only a few days left to catch the intriguing show at Dulwich Picture Gallery showcasing the work of a forgotten star of British painting in the 1920s. Winifred Knights was the first British woman to win the Prix...

Missed opportunity


Tony Crosland set out his vision for education in The Future of Socialism.



“. . . all children can, if the society so decides, at least be given an equal chance of access to the best education. This chance does not...

The worst and the best British prime ministers

Britain has had 53 prime ministers. Who were the worst, and the best of these? For me, the criterion is not whether I agree or disagree with their policies. If it were, I should certainly include Margaret Thatcher and David...

The two Wilsons

This article is the fourth in a series of pieces on the life and legacy of Harold Wilson published in celebration of the centenary of his birth, 11 March 1916.

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